Collection B16 - Hayns & Burns Papers

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Hayns & Burns Papers


  • 1914-1967 (Creation)

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87 items in 7 folders

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Lawrence John Hayns (1894 -1970) was born in the U.K. and served in the army during the Great war. He married Mary Magaret Crane in 1921 in Leicester. A book of his notes on wool, cotton and principles of weaving and knitting suggests that he might have been apprenticed there to a textile or hosiery business. In the 1920 's he migrated to Tasmania as an
orchardist. He also worked as a stockman to a George Town Butcher, as a ploughman, at Kellsall and Kemp's Factory, Invermay, and finally was a lighthouse keeper. In 1951 he was head keeper of Swan Island light house. His son Maxwell Ernest (1924-1948), attended Launceston Grammer School, joined the RAAF in world War II and was killed in a car accident in 1948.

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Thomas Edgar Burns, born on 16 September 1904 at Launceston, was educated at the Invermay Primary School and Launceston High School. After receiving the Tasmanian Teachers Certificate from the Phillip Smith College, he taught at a number of schools in northern Tasmania before teaching at Invermay Primary, Glen Dhu Primary and Launceston Technical High School. When the Launceston Teachers College opened, he transferred there and lectured in biology until his retirement in 1969. Later he taught botany part-time at the Tasmanian College of Advanced Education. On several occasions he conducted courses on botany and plant identification for the Adult Education Board. After he was appointed Honorary Associate in Botany at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery in 1960 he acted as curator, reorganising the collection and adding many specimens. The same year he was appointed Honorary Research Associate in Botany by the University of Tasmania. A keen collector of Tasmanian native plants, he sent many specimens to the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in England and collected for Lord Talbot de Malahide. Mr Burns joined the Royal Society of Tasmania in 1951 and was elected to the Northern Branch Council in 1959. He served the Northern Branch as Vice-Chairman, Chairman and in 1978 he was elected an Honorary Life Member. He was also a life member of the Launceston Field Naturalists and editor of their newsletter for some years. With H J King he was the author of Wildflowers of Tasmania, first published in 1969. This handy pocket-size guide book ran into a number of editions. Mr Burns and J R Skemp were co-authors of Van Diemen’s Land correspondents (1961) and he edited J R Skemp’s My birds (1971). A grand master of the Masonic Lodge, he compiled a history of St Andrew’s Lodge. Also involved with the Boy Scout movement, he was awarded an OAM for service to the community in 1983. T E Burns died on 11 June 1983 at Launceston, aged 78.

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Deposited by T.E. Burns

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Collection consists of letters and papers, miscellaneous items and photographs relating to Lawrence John Hayns and Thomas Edgar Burns

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This material is made available for personal research and study purposes under the University of Tasmania Standard Copyright Licence. For any further use permission should be obtained from the copyright owners. For assistance please contact

When reusing this material, please cite the reference number and provide the following acknowledgement:
“Courtesy of the UTAS Library Special & Rare Collections”

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HE Feb 2018




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